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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 4-11-15

The affiliates take 3 out of 4 on the first Saturday slate of games of the season

Norfolk 2, Charlotte (White Sox) 4

The Tides ran into a buzzsaw in the left arm of last year's #3 overall pick, Carlos Rodon, who K'd 9 over 5 innings. Rodon scuffled to start the 5th as he walked Jayson Nix and Henry Urrutia before allowing Michael Almanzar to single. A fielding error on the play allowed Urrutia to score all the way from 1B, halving the lead at the time. With the bases now empty Rodon composed himself and closed out the inning, and his night, without further damage.

That would also be it for any Tides offense, as they would go on to K an additional 7 times over the final 4 innings for a gaudy sum of 16 on the night. Every batter save Dariel Alvarez and Paul Janish K'd at least twice.

T.J. McFarland got the start for the Tides and yielded 2 runs each in the 2nd and the 4th before departing with just 1 out recorded in the latter inning.

Bowie 7, Richmond (Giants) 6 (14 Innings)

Parker Bridwell made his first AA start, and it got off to a rocky start. A single, a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice fly, and a triple in succession added up to 3 runs on the board in the 1st inning. But the 23 year old righty would allow no further offense save a lead off double to open the 2nd. His final line : 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, and 9 Ks. Not too shabby, even with the early hiccup.

The two offenses traded runs in the 6th & 7th innings before settling in to a 6-all stalemate. A two-out rally in the 14th put an end to that as Quincy Latimore doubled and would then score on Mike McDade's groundball single. Mr. Latimore had himself a night, going 3 for 6, with 3 runs scored. Glynn Davis put his speed to good use in the 1st inning. After drawing a walk he stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on an infield groundout, and then scored via a single. He has 3 SBs already this season.

Winston-Salem (White Sox) 3, Frederick 6

Trey Mancini belted his 2nd HR of the year and drove in another run, while Chance Sisco reached base twice over 4 plate appearances. Luis Gonzalez was steady over 5 IP, yielding just 1 ER via 2 hits and 3 BBs.

Greensboro (Marlins) 1, Delmarva 3

Brian Gonzalez made his 2015 debut a successful affair, striking out 4 over 5+ innings while allowing just 1 ER. Baseball Prospectus' CJ Wittmann and Tucker Blair were in attendance and tweeting their observations:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="">#Orioles</a> Brian Gonzalez FB 90-93 sitting comfortable at 92; small armside run. Spotting well. CH 77; replicates arm speed well.</p>&mdash; CJ Wittmann (@CJWittJr) <a href="">April 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="">#Orioles</a> Brian Gonzalez 88-91; can get around and cut it. Max effort delivery; falls off to 3B side. Minimal projection left.</p>&mdash; CJ Wittmann (@CJWittJr) <a href="">April 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Derrick Bleeker closed out the final 2 innings without allowing a baserunner, striking out 5 en route. He'll be one to watch this season.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="">#Orioles</a> Derrick Bleeker FB 94-96; downhill. Uses leverage from tall frame to create downhill plane. Avg. SL at 86. Power arm reliever.</p>&mdash; CJ Wittmann (@CJWittJr) <a href="">April 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Offense came courtesy of the stout frame and discerning eye of Jomar Reyes. 3 for 4 with a triple and a run scored for him on the night. Big man has got some wheels, evidently.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="">#Orioles</a> Jomar Reyes hits a laser to oppo gap for a 3B. Kept hands inside and hard contact; barreled well. Different sound off the bat.</p>&mdash; CJ Wittmann (@CJWittJr) <a href="">April 12, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Your probables for this lovely Sunday are listed as such:

Norfolk: (RHP) Zach Davies

Bowie: (RHP) Branden Kline

Frederick: (RHP) Jarrett Miller

Delmarva: (RHP) Matthew Grimes